VA Factory Blast Causes Collapse

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 @ 11:12 AM gHale

A boiler room explosion caused part of a building on the Perdue factory compound in Accomack County, VA, on the Eastern Shore to collapse early Dec. 24.

Emergency dispatchers first received calls about a fire at the factory around 3:30 a.m., but when crews arrived they found no flames and part of the building collapsed.

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The blast occurred in the Valley Protein building on the Perdue factory compound, said Fire Chief Philip Kelly. Perdue used to own the portion of the building but they sold it to Valley Protein several years ago.

A 60-year-old man ended up transported to an area hospital with first and second degree burns. Medical personnel later airlifted him to Sentara Norfolk General.

No word on what caused the explosion.